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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to support bipartisan gun deal in Senate, according PA News. The Kentucky senator’s announcement lends further support to the agreement on an issue that has long been deadlocked in Congress. McConnell said the proposed legislation would be “a step forward on a bipartisan basis”. The decision illustrates a potential shift in the political landscape on gun regulatory issues following the massacres in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.
The House voted 396 to 27 to extend police protection to immediate family members of Supreme Court justices, writing the New York Times. Although the legislation received bipartisan support, there were disagreements between Republicans and Democrats over whether to include protection for clerks and other court staff.
NATO allies meet in Brussels to discuss how to further assist Ukrainian forces against Russian assault in eastern Ukraine, writing the Washington Post. NATO members are still working out the details of a new military aid program for Ukraine, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The assistance is part of a longer-term plan to provide the country with more NATO-standard weapons as opposed to Soviet-style weapons. Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Ukraine needed 1,000 drones, 500 tanks and 1,000 howitzers, reports Reuters.
A trilateral natural gas agreement between Israel, Egypt and the European Union has been established with the aim of providing an alternative to Russian energy, reports the Washington Post. The deal will allow for an increase in Israeli natural gas via existing pipelines to Egypt, before heading to Europe. European Commission President Ursala von der Leyen tweeted: “This will contribute to our energy security. And we are building infrastructures adapted to renewable energies, the energy of the future”, in reference to the agreement.
Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary, has said the UK government intends to move forward with plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda., writing the New York Times. The statement comes after a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday kept the first flight of Rwandan asylum seekers grounded. The decision to send the asylum seekers to Rwanda was met with opposition from religious leaders, rights organizations and Prince Charles.
The defense ministers of Japan and Australia said their countries would strengthen ties to support democracy in the Indo-Pacific region, writing PA News. The announcement comes amid growing fears that China, emboldened by Russia, is expanding its influence in Southeast Asia. In January, Australia and Japan reached an agreement allowing their troops to operate in each other’s countries for military training and other defense operations.
The New York Court of Appeals has dismissed former President Trump’s attempt to avoid testifying in the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, according PA News. New York Attorney General Letitia James said her investigation found the Trump Organization inflated asset values to receive loans and other business benefits.
ICYMI: Yesterday, Right
Jen Patja Howell share an episode of The Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Quinta Jurecic, Natalie Orpett and Rohini Kurup to discuss the second day of the January 6 hearings.
Bruce Ridel saw again “John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Speech on Algeria: The Politics of Anticolonialism in the Cold War Era” by Gregory D. Cleva (Lexington 2022).
Hadley Baker share an episode of Lawfare no bull which features audio of the second public hearing held by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Adam Aliano discussed if Russia is exploiting a loophole in the 1936 Montreux Convention in its war against Ukraine.
Katherine Pompilio share the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s audit of the United States Marshals Service’s handling of seized cryptocurrency.
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